Ben Dayhoe

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    March 18, 2013

    New Pizza Joint Coming to Downtown Santa Ana

    For months, I've been hearing about a new pizza joint that was coming to downtown SanTana, that was going to be in the spot where Theatre Out was until they moved two doors down.Last week or so, the first hints of it appeared in a mysteriously placed sign. No name, no website, just what appears to b ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Judy Fleenor of Cafe Chiarini to Open New Santa Ana Restaurant Called Crave--HOORAY!

    I never had a chance to eat at Cafe Chiarini in downtown SanTana, but all the Forkers who tried it swore by it, as did a hell of a lot of other people. But it stayed open for barely a year before mysteriously closing last year in a swirl of rumors.Now, one of the gals behind it, Judy Fleenor, has re ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Grilled Cheese Spot in Santa Ana Finally Open--YAY!

    I got a text on Sunday from the mysterious Ben Dayhoe of SanTana that the Grilled Cheese Spot--the latest culinary effort of the Crosby guys, this one focused specifically on grilled cheese sandwiches--was doing a soft opening. Was I interested?HELL YA! Unfortunately, I had just polished off a garga ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Floral Park Cafe, New Bistro, to Open in Downtown Santa Ana

    Photo by Ben Dayhoe​SO...remember how I wrote about the above space in downtown SanTana, and that the rumor was it was going to be a bistro of sorts? The cat is out of the bag--sort of. The name of the restaurant will be Floral Park Cafe, and all that they'll say right now is that it'll be a "new ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Downtown Santa Ana Dining Rumors: Raw Restaurant? Diner? High-End Mexi? And Another High-End Mexi?

    ​Forgive the bad picture--it must've been taken during a weekend brunch at Memphis in downtown SanTana, while I was on my fourth Manhattan. But that's the current storefront for Au Naturaw, a planned raw-foods restaurant directly across from Memphis. Can a downtown support this, the veggie-leaning ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    New Bar in Downtown Santa Ana: The Copper Door

    Not the Copper Door's logo, but just a copper door...​Ate dinner at the Crosby last night, and a source told me that the old Broadway Billiards in downtown SanTana was now a hip, new bar: the Copper Door (not to be confused with the one in New York). And then, there was this tweet from the city's ... More >>

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    July 24, 2010

    For Whom Exactly Was Santa Ana "Great"? And When?

    Flickr user Ben DayhoeDowntown SanTana, yesterday and today...​Another person has entered the SanTana mayoral race this year--Charles Hart, a man I've never heard of, but who thinks he can take down Mayor-for-Vida Don Papi Pulido and challenger Alfredo Amezcua. I guess he'll be the candidate for r ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Cambinos Asian BBQ Does Shrimp

    Photo Courtesy of Ben Dayhoe​I have Ben Dayhoe of the Santiago Street Lofts blog to thank for introducing me to Cambinos Asian BBQ. I've never met Ben personally but it was through an unsolicited tip he sent me in April of last year that he became like that kid who offers you your first puff ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Flickr Photo of the Week!

    Flickr user Ben Dayhoe"Someday My Café Will Come"​This week's awesome Flickr Photo of the Week showing a before and after of Downtown Santa Ana is brought to us by user Ben Dayhoe (hee). Here's his photo description: "My first attempt at the "Looking into the Past" series. You are looking at the ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    A Mexican Commentary on the Muy Bueno Kogi BBQ Burrito

    It was about 10 after midnight Sunday Morning when the mysterious Ben Dayhoe and I descended into his lair and cut a short-rib Kogi BBQ burrito for the two of us to split. We had spent two hours on the sidelines of the famed taco truck, which was dishing out its Korean-style Mexican food from the pa ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Proof that Organic is Better: The Curious Case of Chipotle

    Part One of a five-part series this week on tacos, burritos, and salsas...sorry, hungrymomma!Us editorial Weeklings always steal food whenever the paper's ad side order mass lunches during a special issue sales push, whether Best of, Summer Guide, or some other such blockbuster. Sometimes, the chow ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    December 31, 2008

    Gustavo's Top Five Drinks of 2008

    Hint to restaurants: you'll get in my better graces if you offer great, non-alcoholic drinks. Beverages rank high on my palate, and I'll never forget the banana soda offered by a long-gone Honduran restaurant. Here, then, were my favorite drinks of the year.1. Maker's Mark, neat, at Memphis at the S ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Bangok Taste Closed for a Week--No Worries. I Hope.

    Had dinner earlier this week at Bangkok Taste in SanTana, my current fave Thai restaurant, with the mysterious Ben Dayhoe (contrary to popular rumor, he's not Mr. X). We enjoyed soups, fried tofu, their famous roti dessert, and the peanut-butter soup called khao soy. After our dinner (we ate with ou ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Tommy Pastrami Monday Night Football

    Need some delicately folded pink meat to counter your sausage party? Visit SanTana's Tommy Pastrami every Monday night and watch some football. Organized by the political prankster known as Ben Dayhoe, you should go and relax with Tommy's massive sandwiches of the pastrami and other meats provenance ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    This Saturday: Santa Ana Pub Crawl

    I've never met Ben Dayhoe, but as C. Montgomery Burns would say: "I like the cut of his jib." The blogger chronicles his life living in Santa Ana's Santiago Street Lofts and is the man who started The Santa Ana Pub Crawl. He calls it his "little sociological experiment designed to change the perce ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Reminder: The Weekly Endorses...

    ...Mucho drunkenness this weekend! Ben Dayhoe over at Life at the Santiago Lofts (great blog about the positive side of SanTana) did a bit of genius guerrilla campaigning for his Santa Ana Pub Crawl, a monthly tour of downtown SanTana bars (the genteel ones--the wabs didn't want to participate) tha ... More >>

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    June 4, 2008

    We Have a Winner for Bush (Hearts) Putin!

    Last week, I asked ustedes to take a picture of the Bush (Hearts) Putin banner hanging on the overpass near the 405 Freeway side of its interchange with the 55. Some people do read this blog, because we have a winner! Ben Dayhoe of the ever-readable Life at the Santiago Street Lofts submitted the wi ... More >>

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    February 27, 2008

    Mountain-out-of-Molehills Approach Works!

    On the drive to Weekly world headquarters in SanTana today, I noticed a banner hanging on a chainlink fence near the Santiago Street Lofts. "Santiago Art District," it read, and what a relief! Faithful readers will recall my bickering with some loft residents over their attempted, lame branding of t ... More >>